Communications, Associate

Collaborative Labeling and Appliance Standards Program (CLASP)
Closing Date: 
Wed, 02/28/2018

CLASP improves the energy and environmental performance of the appliances & equipment we use every day, accelerating our transition to a more sustainable world.

Communications Associate

Appliances are a big part of our lives. Smart phones keep us connected. Heating, cooling, and lighting improve productivity and safety. Refrigeration protects the food we harvest and eat.  Without much thought, we interact with energy- and resource-consuming products every day.

CLASP serves as the leading international voice & resource for appliance energy efficiency policies and market acceleration initiatives. From off-grid solar technologies powering energy-impoverished people, to cutting the catastrophic climate impacts of air conditioning, CLASP’s goal is to dramatically increase uptake of affordable, low-impact, high-quality appliances.

On the grid, energy efficient appliances are one of the most cost-effective methods for mitigating climate change. They save money for governments and consumers alike, reduce peak energy demand, and bolster economic and energy security. Off the grid, energy efficient appliances pair with solar-home systems or mini-grids to increase the availability and affordability of energy. Radically reducing the cost of off-grid energy through efficient appliances improves educational, health, and economic outcomes for the world’s poorest people, while moving all of us closer to a cleaner, renewably-powered energy economy.

How We Work

Since 1999, CLASP has worked in nearly 100 countries taking three primary approaches:

  • Policy & Analysis – smart policy moves markets towards more energy-efficient and higher quality appliances, from LEDs to cookstoves. We work hand-in-hand with governments to structure rigorous energy and quality standards that promote innovation and competition, and with manufacturers, consumers, and others to label and deploy stand-out products.
  • Market Development & Innovation – Incentivizing good appliances to buyers up and down the supply chain reduces risk for everyone, and builds up markets that are weak or disorganized. Innovative products – from refrigeration for off-grid consumers to the switch to DC power and the internet of things – are game changers for how we all use energy.
  • Global Collaboration – CLASP serves at the epicenter of ambitious and collaborative efforts to prevent catastrophic climate change and make the world sustainable for all. Our cross-cutting research, online tools, trainings, and stakeholder coalitions make best practices available to everybody, amplifying our efforts and impact.
We’re mission-driven and culturally diverse. See our Team Page to learn more about our organization.
We are currently expanding our clean energy access, market development, and emerging technology work portfolios, and require additional communications capacity across functions and programs.
Position Description

CLASP seeks a creative professional to manage aspects of CLASP’s strategic communications portfolio.  This includes business-to-business communication, donor consortium coordination, communicating about research, including technology and market analyses, developing stories and case studies, and proposal development and donor reporting. S/he will serve on a team of communications and development professionals and report to the Chief of Communications. 

S/he will partner with both program leads and the communications team to strategize about, design, distill, structure, revise, and tailor our content for different audiences. S/he will work collaboratively and stay organized in a fast-paced, international, and highly collaborative work environment. Some qualities we’re seeking include grace under pressure, creative problem-solving, self-motivation, and well-honed listening and interpersonal skills.

Primary Position Responsibilities:

·     Business-to-Business Communication: For several of our quickly developing market-building programs, CLASP facilitates business- to-business communication. This position will require communicating (via newsletters, presentations, written correspondence, etc) to and occasionally facilitating subject-matter experts in the clean energy access field, as well as both on- and off-grid appliance designers, manufacturers, and buyers.

·     Partner Donor Consortium Coordination: The ideal candidate is motivated to support a consortium of international donors, including event coordination and preparing written briefings.

·     Communicating Research: CLASP will produce a significant body of market, technical, and policy research over the next two years. The research team will need support packaging and messaging their reports for specific audiences, through newsletters, website stories / blogs, digital media, and presentations. This position will coordinate closely with research teams to ensure that relevant research is shared and publicized with the media and international partners, and through social media, as is appropriate and in line with organizational priorities.

·     Stories & Case Studies:  Support with writing and packaging interesting aspects of CLASP’s work into stories and case studies for many audiences – the CLASP Board, donors, international agencies, and partner organizations. Identify and write micro-stories about CLASP’s work for the CLASP website, to our donors, and via other platforms.  From coming up with new ways to monitor the energy use of individual appliances to launching clean cookstoves projects in Uganda, CLASP is up to some really interesting stuff and we want people to know about it.

·     Proposal Development & Donor Reporting:  At CLASP we fundraise so that we can lead a dynamic research agenda and do good program work, so that our programs have impact, i.e. helping people and the planet. We create opportunities for ourselves to do more good work, so we fundraise a lot, and everyone is involved. The ideal candidate will have experience writing for philanthropic and/or international donor audiences and coordinating teams of authors for proposals and donor reports.  The ideal candidate has a zeal for quality.

·     Work with and through other people to make great stuff happen. Collaborate with graphic designers, copy editors, photo editors, and other communications and fundraising consultants as needed. Collaborate with CLASP program teams to ensure quality, accurate, and timely knowledge exchange. Create productive partnerships inside and outside of the organization.

Job Qualifications:

·     Persuasive verbal and written communication skills required.

·     Design skills preferred.

·     Experience communicating for an energy, clean energy access, international development, policy, industry association, or technology sector.  Although you are creative at heart, you have an ability to tell interesting stories about and relate highly technical information to the real world. You aren’t intimidated by technical material.  

·     Time management and organizational skills with ability to manage multiple tasks at once.  You maintain composure, flexibility, and a sense of humor under tight deadlines.

·     Entrepreneurial and collaborative approach to design and execution of long-term initiatives, and proactive, nimble, and strategic approach to learning and problem-solving. Ability to work from the big picture to the nuance.

·     Experience in non-profit, clean energy access, science or academic field preferred, but not required. 

·     Developing country experience required.  Languages other than English a plus. 

·     Experience overseeing the work of staff and subcontractors preferred.

·     Proficiency with Microsoft Office suite, especially Word and Excel.

·     Bachelor's Degree required.

Job Details

Salary is commensurate with experience.  CLASP offers competitive benefits, including a collegial office environment that supports wellness and flexible telecommuting options after a certain period of employment.  This position is full-time and based in the organization's Washington, D.C. office.  Occasional travel, as well as evening or weekend hours, may be required. We are an equal opportunity employer.  

To Apply
Submit a cover letter, curriculum vitae, and writing sample via CLASP’s website.  Writing sample must demonstrate donor communication (e.g. grant proposal) or writing about technical content for a lay audience; 1 to 1.5 pages please.

CLASP is the leading international resource and voice for improved energy efficiency in commonly used appliances, lighting, and equipment. CLASP’s programs and activities range from local to regional to global, helping decision makers determine and implement the most appropriate and cost-effective appliance solutions and convening global decision-makers to catalyze transformative action.  Since 1999, we have worked in over 50 economies. Learn more about our programs.